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Questions concerning Latin of the classical era, approximately 75 BCE to 300 CE

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Are there any attested Classical Latin words whose meanings are unknown to us? Given the intensive study of the Classical Latin corpus and the many methods of getting at the meanings of words (includ …
asked Dec 22 '18 by jknappen
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Yes, they did. Cicero derived the verb sullaturio "to imitate or play the part of Sulla" from the name of the famous antique dictator Sulla.
answered Aug 31 '17 by jknappen
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When speakers of different languages meet they often develop some contact language or pidgin containing elements of both languages. Surely speakers of Greek and Latin met in the antiquity at several p …
asked Oct 18 '18 by jknappen
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Inspired by this question A good word for waiter or waitress I'd like to know what duties a cellarius had in antique times. The German word for waiter, Kellner, is a loan from cellarius, but it acqui …
asked Apr 10 '17 by jknappen
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Inspired by this question What would be a "night owl" in Latin? and its excellent answers, I's like to know about the antonym of a "night owl": What would be a "lark" or "early bird"? I was thinking …
asked Oct 12 '17 by jknappen
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It is clear that the reduplicating verbs are deeply rooted in Proto-Indoeuropean, not only Latin and Greek exhibit them, but there are also traces of them in the Germanic languages (One class of stron …
answered Mar 25 '16 by jknappen
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Is Numidius an Ancient Roman name (probably a nomen gentilis) or is it spurious and caused by corruption of other names? What I have found so far: The name Ummidius (that is clearly and unmistakabl …
asked Feb 5 '17 by jknappen
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Emperor Claudius introduced three additional letters to the Latin alphabet: Ⅎ, Ↄ, and Ⱶ. What are some examples of the words in which these letters were used?
asked Feb 27 '16 by jknappen
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From the history of cats, it is clear that domesticated cats were introduced to the Romans from Egypt. Before that, the Romans had ferrets as mouse hunters. So the classical word feles refers to the w …
answered Jan 22 by jknappen
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The suffix -landia is definitely derived from Germanic land. It has no clear cognates outside the Germanic languages and there are some hypotheses that it is a loan from some pre-indogermanic European …
answered Oct 10 '16 by jknappen
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There are some Hebrew plurals in Latin, e.g. Seraphim and Cherubim, with rarely used Hebrew singulars (Seraph and Cherub).
answered Nov 30 '16 by jknappen